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Maverick123w
03-11-10, 04:21 PM
I'm getting a decent windfall my way at the end of the month and after I pay off a few things I'll have between $350-$400 to spend on my computer.

I'm trying to figure out what would be the best avenue to go.

I want a new video card, I really want a solid state drive, and I wouldn't mind having a 955/965BE.

The problem is I can't really get all 3 at this time.

I want to get a video card no matter what.

I was toying with the thought of getting 2 5770's but I'm still not sure how I feel about xfire.

The only ssd I'm really interested in is Intel's 40GB Value drive for $129.99 on Newegg.

I'm looking at getting either 2 5770's (and the ssd), 1 5850 (and either the processor or ssd), or just a 5870.

If the 5830 has fallen to $199 by the end of the month that would be a consideration as well.

Thoughts?

Maverick123w
03-11-10, 04:40 PM
Thanks for the swift reply! Yeah I figured as much but I really wanted someone else to say the same thing.

Now what video card do you guys think I should go with that my 720 @ 3.5 wouldn't hold back too much?

Toss3
03-11-10, 04:52 PM
Thanks for the swift reply! Yeah I figured as much but I really wanted someone else to say the same thing.

Now what video card do you guys think I should go with that my 720 @ 3.5 wouldn't hold back too much?

5850 if you can fiind one. :)

Redeemed
03-11-10, 05:13 PM
Thanks for the swift reply! Yeah I figured as much but I really wanted someone else to say the same thing.

Now what video card do you guys think I should go with that my 720 @ 3.5 wouldn't hold back too much?



Any? :lol:

Your CPU is fast enough. New cards don't require an i7 980 @ 4.2Ghz to feed them- your tri-core at 3.5 is sufficient. :lol:

Get the fastest card you can in addition to the SSD. That would be a good choice IMO.

Maverick123w
03-11-10, 06:23 PM
Mmm sounds good. I'll shoot for the 5850. If it ends up out of the price range, do you guys think the 5830 is worth it over a 5770?

Revs
03-11-10, 06:40 PM
Yes

http://www.techspot.com/review/249-ati-radeon-hd-5830/page4.html

It would be a nice upgrade, and the SSD would compliment it nicely :D

Revs
03-11-10, 06:45 PM
Saying that, the GTX275 is cheaper and faster. That would be my choice.

musman
03-11-10, 08:01 PM
I have that Intel SSD Mavrick, get it! You will not be sorry.

Maverick123w
03-11-10, 09:26 PM
Saying that, the GTX275 is cheaper and faster. That would be my choice.

I think I'd rather get a 5830, it seems to overclock very well, and the dx11 + hdmi out is a nice perk.

Maverick123w
03-11-10, 09:27 PM
Yes

http://www.techspot.com/review/249-ati-radeon-hd-5830/page4.html

It would be a nice upgrade, and the SSD would compliment it nicely :D

Wow did they use newer drivers in that review? The card is closer to the 5850 than I remember seeing in the anandtech review.

I have that Intel SSD Mavrick, get it! You will not be sorry.

YES!

CaptNKILL
03-12-10, 01:19 AM
Obviously, I'd wait until nvidia's cards are released. They could surprise everyone and actually be competitively priced and I think the feature set would make them win over ATI as long as the price and performance were close.

For now though, I'd say a 5850 (or competing nvidia card when released) and a 60-80Gb SSD would be good. I wouldn't get anything less for a video card because the 4770 is already pretty decent.

Your CPU should be alright for a while though. At first I thought it was a plain old Phenom (BLEH!), but its a Phenom II so you should be fine with one of those at 3.5Ghz. Newer games that take full advantage of multiple cores would be quite a bit faster on a quad core Intel (either a Core 2 Quad or an i7\i5), especially when overclocked, but at this point I don't think it'd be worth the price premium to replace everything you're using now.

nekrosoft13
03-12-10, 01:23 AM
as far as video card is concerned I would wait, you would have to be crazy to buy a video card now

Maverick123w
03-12-10, 10:22 AM
Obviously, I'd wait until nvidia's cards are released. They could surprise everyone and actually be competitively priced and I think the feature set would make them win over ATI as long as the price and performance were close.

For now though, I'd say a 5850 (or competing nvidia card when released) and a 60-80Gb SSD would be good. I wouldn't get anything less for a video card because the 4770 is already pretty decent.

Your CPU should be alright for a while though. At first I thought it was a plain old Phenom (BLEH!), but its a Phenom II so you should be fine with one of those at 3.5Ghz. Newer games that take full advantage of multiple cores would be quite a bit faster on a quad core Intel (either a Core 2 Quad or an i7\i5), especially when overclocked, but at this point I don't think it'd be worth the price premium to replace everything you're using now.

as far as video card is concerned I would wait, you would have to be crazy to buy a video card now

I'm not doing this until the end of the month for that reason alone. If Fermi is better and cheaper than expected I'll jump on the train, but with only 2 high end cards coming out, I doubt it. Plus with real availability still a couple months out I don't know if I want to wait.

Maverick123w
03-12-10, 10:35 AM
For now though, I'd say a 5850 (or competing nvidia card when released) and a 60-80Gb SSD would be good. I wouldn't get anything less for a video card because the 4770 is already pretty decent.



The 4770 is really good, but I'm beginning to run into situations where 512MB of memory isn't enough at my res.

Maverick123w
03-13-10, 07:26 PM
Just picked this up, will let you guys know how it is after I get everything back up and running!

http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/564/0313101921.th.jpg (http://img714.imageshack.us/i/0313101921.jpg/)

Bearclaw
03-13-10, 07:31 PM
The 4770 is really good, but I'm beginning to run into situations where 512MB of memory isn't enough at my res.

I would swap that out for a 5770. :thumbsup:

Maverick123w
03-13-10, 07:38 PM
Instead of a 5830?

Bearclaw
03-13-10, 08:13 PM
Instead of a 5830?

Oh, sorry. Missed where you said the 5830 previously. Either of those cards will be a nice upgrade. :) I am looking into 5770 Crossfire for my own system. :)

Maverick123w
03-13-10, 08:38 PM
I may put the video card off another month or 2. Just found out we owe the state this year :/ so just decided to get the SSD for now. If you do go 5770 xfire PLEASE let me know what you think.

Maverick123w
03-13-10, 10:53 PM
Just finished getting everything installed and first thoughts are.... omfg. SSD's make you rethink what you thought was fast before. My WD Black seems like a sloth now.

Google chrome always opened fast before, but now there is literally no lag time from me pressing the chrome button and it being completely open and ready to go. Crazy....... :captnkill::captnkill::captnkill::captnkill:

Maverick123w
03-13-10, 11:30 PM
Another thing I'm beginning to notice is just how quiet my machine is now. Didn't realize how loud the WD Black was. I can already tell this will be one of those "How did I ever live without one these before" products.

Bearclaw
03-13-10, 11:45 PM
Awesome. :) I can't wait to get a SSD and try it out.